Learn Ainu folklore and mythology


Learn Ainu folklore and mythology


Explore the northernmost culture of Japan by taking a journey through the hidden stories of the Ainu people.



Want to discover Ainu culture and traditions?

The Ainu are an indigenous people living in Japan. Throughout much of history, the Ainu have suffered from oppression and prevarication. Sadly, still today prejudice seems sometimes hard to eradicate.

In 2008 Ainu won recognition as indigenous people, which both was caused by and also helped the rise of a new consciousness of Ainu identity and traditions. Today there is a large Ainu community living mostly in Hokkaidō, whose effort to revitalize and preserve the rich Ainu cultural heritageis most important. It is thanks to this community that the Ainu culture is not dead today, even if still at risk.

The Ainu believed that all the things have a kamuy (spirit or god). Among kamuy, one of the most important is Kim-un-kamuy, the kamuy of bears and mountains.

Through this course, you can access a rich cultural heritage made up of sagas, legends, and epic songs. Moreover,  you’ll get familiar with Ainu customs, eating habits and their beliefs in the spirits of nature (kamuy).

We certainly know that sometimes learning something new can be a bit daunting. That’s why you receive 1-2-1 support every step of the way. The content is bitesize and accessible for all abilities and backgrounds!

The Ainu identity is passed on through talking and performing. With Tribalingual you help revitalize the Ainu culture by learning their worldview. Talk directly with our first-hand cultural experts! You can prevent the disappearance of a culture that would deprive our humanity of its richness!

Can anyone sign up for this?

Good news! Anyone over the age of 13 year can take a course on Tribalingual

You don’t need formal qualifications or language learning abilities to take any our courses. You might need specialist equipment for some (like our music or art courses), but we’ll tell you this on the course information page, in the Requirements section.

Is this course free?

All our courses start from £25. We offer three options:

  1. Native speaker tuition only (in the form of ‘Skype’ calls)
  2. Online content only (text, audio and video material)
  3. Native speaker tuition and online content

All these bundles are priced differently, so take a look at our pricing page and choose the option that most suits you!

Can I speak to someone from the team before I commit?

Absolutely! We have a chat option available on all of our pages, so simply click on the little icon and speak to a friendly neighbourhood Tribalinguist who will answer all your questions!

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